Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Enabling Practical Secure Computing through Fully Homomorphic Encryption

On Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 3 pm in AK 233:
Enabling Practical Secure Computing through Fully Homomorphic Encryption
Presenter: Dr. Kurt Rohloff (Raytheon BBN Technologies)

The first major breakthrough of theoretical computer science in the 21st century was the discovery of Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE). This breakthrough has provided the possibility for secure computation on encrypted data without requiring the sharing of encryption keys. When first discovered, early FHE implementations were 7+ orders of magnitude too slow to be of practical use. In this talk we’ll review our recent advances in practical implementations of FHE, with a particular focus on practical trade-offs associated with building and using these technologies and example use cases ranging from encrypted e-mail spam filtering and encrypted VOIP.

Dr. Kurt Rohloff is a senior scientist in the Distributed Systems research group at BBN Technologies. Dr. Rohloff’s areas of technical expertise include secure computing, practical encryption, scalable distributed computing and graph data analytics. Dr. Rohloff is the Principal Investigator for the SIPHER team in the DARPA PROCEED program developing a practical FHE implementation in both software and commodity FPGA hardware. Dr. Rohloff was the Principal Investigator on the AFRL SCIMITAR project which resulted in the demonstration of a best-of-breed highly scalable cloud-based information brokering capability. Dr.
Rohloff is the Chief Designer and Lead Architect of the SHARD triple-store, a highly scalable storage system and query engine for graph data. Dr. Rohloff received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and his Master’s and PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Rohloff did a post-doc at the UIUC Coordinated Sciences Laboratory.

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